Board of Directors
Jillian Normand RPP
Jillian Normand is a Registered Professional Planner (RPP) and currently works as a Land Development Manager at Mattamy Homes in Ottawa, managing the design of local communities and obtaining planning and development approvals. Jillian’s interest in affordable housing started while living in Toronto and studying for her undergrad in Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. She first joined Daybreak as a volunteer in 2010 before moving to Australia in 2011 to complete a master’s degree in Property and Development. Upon returning to Canada, Jillian rejoined the Daybreak Board to contribute her passion and experience to help provide safe, supportive and affordable homes for residents of our City. Outside of the office, Jillian can be found on the golf course or practicing yoga, traveling around the world, and creating exotic meals for family and friends while in the company of her adorning dog, Lola.
Kate Moore, CHRL
Kate Moore holds an Honours Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Brock University and is a Certified Human Resources Leader with the Human Resources Professionals’ Association. With 25 years of experience in HR, Kate has worked in a variety of different organizations and sectors including the Association of Canadian Community Colleges, Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation, VHA Health & Home Support and the National Research Council. Currently she is Manager, Strategic Programs & HR Analytics with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her past volunteer experience includes CHEO and the Canadian Cancer Society, and most recently she served as Vice-President of the Board of Directors for the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers. In her down time, her favourite place to be is the family cottage in Quebec reading and spending time with family.
Rob is excited to be continuing on the Daybreak Board as Past President. Rob is a two-time provincial candidate in Ottawa who feels serving his community is one of the ways we can serve others. After working in Toronto at Queen’s Park, Rob returned to Ottawa and is the Director of Policy for the Deputy Opposition Whip on Parliament Hill. Rob enjoys working in the trenches of our community organizations, assisting others to gain their lives back and working to ensure our vulnerable are cared for and able to rise up and share their experiences to help others. Rob looks forward to working with the Executive Director, Staff, and the new and returning Daybreak Board Directors.
Chief Financial Officer / Treasurer
Michelle Sauvé CPA, CA, B.Comm
Michelle Sauvé is a CPA, CA, with a B.Comm from Carleton University. Michelle has a finance background; currently working for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as the Senior Director of Internal Controls and Policy and Assistant Controller. Michelle previously worked for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in several different capacities including social housing policy, financial accounting and reporting and Internal audit. In addition to her day job and working with Daybreak, Michelle volunteers in her daughter's girl guide unit and likes to pursue her other passions which include fishing, surfing and travelling the world.
Piyush Agarwal holds a B.Sc., MBA, PMP, ITIL. He is an entrepreneur who started an IT consulting company in 2015. He has 20+ years of business experience in the public and private sectors and is currently working in the Canadian Government as a Project Manager (IT Consultant). Piyush was a Senior Project Manager with an IT Company in New Delhi, India. Before migrating to Ottawa in 2001, he managed a team of 200+ software developers in multiple states. Previously, Piyush was in the top three performing advisors at Sunlife Financial, and one of the top-performing managers in Canada with Industrial Alliance. Piyush has also worked as a personal financial broker and holds a Personal Financial Planning (PFP) designation and was invited to Ottawa Chin Radio to talk about financial planning. Piyush also worked as a freelancer on financing and budgeting issues for the Canasian Times newspaper in Ottawa. He served as a Board Member for the India Canada Association (ICA) in Ottawa. During Piyush's youth, he was a district bronze medalist in Judo and won numerous General Knowledge competitions, Chess, and Badminton tournaments. His weekends include spending quality time with the family, meditating, playing cricket, and gardening.
Clara Ricci has long-standing experience as a board director for not-profit organizations. She is a first-generation Canadian who is passionate about socioeconomic issues in the community. She understands how to bring people together having spent time overseas building cross-cultural relationships. Overall, she is passionate about giving back to the community and mostly giving a voice to others. She holds an honours degree with a specialization in international economics and development, and a graduate diploma in civil law. She recently joined the Canadian Red Cross as an advisor to assist with the COVID-19 crisis in Montreal. Prior to joining the Canadian Red Cross, Clara spent time working for the federal government as an analyst and deputy head of program where she chaired high-profiled meetings and gained overseas work experience. She has delivered workshops and trainings, and has been a guest speaker for forums and made recommendations to various stakeholders. Clara’s hobbies include traveling, fashion, writing, running, gardening, and spending time with his family and friends. She is fluent in English and French.
Lauren Evans, President, LEI Consulting, is an Ottawa-based international consultant specializing in executive recruitment, coaching and leadership development, anti-racism and diversity management, facilitating high-level public consultations, program evaluation, strategic planning and mental health first aid. Lauren has over 30 years’ experience contributing to organizational excellence in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. Her client list includes over 70 organizations in Canada, the United Kingdom, the US, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Botswana, Mexico, Tanzania, Suriname, Japan and South Africa. Her volunteer experience includes a most memorable capacity building assignment in South Sudan (United Nations), and serving on the Board of Directors for Visiting Homemakers' Association; the Children's Village of Ottawa; and Capital Vox Choir. Lauren rounds out her time singing with the Vox Eclectica Choir.
Lauren is delighted to return for another term with Daybreak, contributing to the meaningful work that so closely and palpably impacts the lives of others in our community.
Laurie is a multi-award winning journalist that spent more than 25 years at the CBC working as a researcher, producer and reporter. She filed for radio, television and the web on both local and national programs and newscasts. Laurie concentrated on social affairs issues like homelessness, addictions and mental health. She loves to bake and is president of a garden club which led to her now growing over 100 dahlia flowers.
Janet has worked in affordable housing development, program administration, policy and research for over 20 years. Starting in the non-profit sector in 1998, she helped develop housing for homeless women experiencing mental health and addiction issues in London, Ontario. Since then she worked for the City of Ottawa Housing Branch, Metro Vancouver's Housing group, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) in various capacities delivering affordable housing programs, policies and research. Currently she is a Senior Manager of Research at CMHC. Outside of her passion for affordable housing, she enjoys playing with her flute trio and is an avid cyclist. She is also a proud mom and grandma and is excited to join the Daybreak board and reconnect with community based housing and the people it serves.
Norm has worked in the real estate and construction profession for over 30 years. He is a Chartered Surveyor (Appraisal and Real Estate Management), a Chartered Building Engineer and has associate membership with the Institution of Civil Engineers and is a Member of The American Society of Civil Engineers. Norm is currently Director of Facilities Management with CCOC housing in Ottawa and was previously Director of Asset and Property Management wit London Middlesex Housing. He currently serves on the board of Options Bytown and previously was a board member of Victoria Park Community Homes in Hamilton. Norm was a founding member of the board of the Cochrane Centre in St John’s where he helped to establish a new supportive housing and outreach charity.
Additionally he has served on diverse charitable and non profit boards in the fields of social advocacy, environmental stewardship and heritage preservation. Norm’s experience also includes Asset and Property Management in the commercial and government sectors, property development, project management and infrastructure renewal.
Jessie-Lee Wallace is the current Associate Director of Major Gifts & Communications at the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Born and raised in Ottawa, she is an executive with a proven track record in philanthropy, advocacy and strategic communications. She is passionate about creating healthy and diverse cities, with an emphasis on supportive and affordable housing and barrier-free services. With over 15 years of progressive business development experience, she is a Certified Fund Raising Executive, with additional advanced gift planning credentials from the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, along with significant experience in campaigns, systems thinking, and community development.